The West Sussex Property Blog
A blog about West Sussex property matters created to keep our customers and the public up to date with the every day changes and ups and downs of the property market.
As a market leader in the area with years of experience we believe we are well placed to advise customers on the best possible route to sell, buy or rent their property. This blog will hopefully be interesting and at times amusing but most importantly informative. Enjoy...
Posted on 3 October 2011 by Neil MooreIs confidence coming back into the property market?
Posted on 8 July 2011 by Neil MooreWest Chiltington is a village of delightful cottages, winding tree lined lanes and friendly shops and pubs. It is its unique charm that makes the village so special. West Chiltington was mentioned in the Doomsday Book with its beautiful little church, which stands centre stage in the midst of the village.
Posted on 28 June 2011 by Cathy MooreSummer concerts, Storrington Village Day and Steyning School Prom!
Posted on 20 June 2011 by Cathy MoorePeter Hossack - your local 24 hour property expert!
We are now seeing more and more people accessing our website using their iphones, so we have put together a list of apps to make your house move and search easier because as the saying goes…’there’s an app for that’!
Our top 5 are:
- Mortgage Toolkit
- Crime Map UK
- Around Me
If you are searching for property to buy, our top of the house hunting apps is Rightmove – you can type in the area you are interested in, for example, Storrington’ to generate a list of houses for sale locally and then refine your search. Alternatively, if you are standing in say Horsham, you can hit ‘find my current location’ and the app will give you a list of all the flats and houses for sale around where you are in Horsham. This provides pictures and information on the property together with the selling agents details. As this shows properties from all the estate agents on Rightmove, it’s a one stop shop for your property search.
Mortgage Toolkit is a great little app if you are sorting out the finance for your property purchase. It includes a mortgage calculator and also very handy guides to buying and selling properties. You can review the best buy mortgage list (although we found this a little restrictive, and request a callback from a mortgage advisor as well. Mortgage Assistant also provides you with a best buy list and this one includes deals from all the high street banks and big mortgage lenders. There is also a useful blog feature with lots of mortgage news and updates.
Whilst sorting out your mortgage you may need to some budgeting and calculations relating to your salary, and there is an app for that - listentotaxman.com works out your tax payments and you can add in other deductions as well to work out exactly where you stand each month. It updates in line with budget changes so in theory should always give you the most up to date picture (providing you download the updates!). UK Salary Calculator does a similar job so may also be worth a look.
If you are reviewing the area you are looking to move to, Crime Map UK locates where you are with your phone and then shows a map with pins indicating all the crimes locally – you can then touch to see the type of crime committed. There is a neighbourhood overview, and a camera feature although this costs extra. We’ve have been checking out our local areas of Horsham, Storrington and Pulbrough and its quite enlightening to see what has been going on.
AroundMe is a very informative app to discover what facilities there are locally. Using GPS, the app provides a list of services you may be looking for, from cashpoints to petrol stations to hospitals. You select which service you are looking for to get a list of them together with how close they are to you and exact location. This also covers restaurants, taxis, theatres and the weather – a very comprehensive app. Once you’ve moved in to your dream home, vouchercloud is a similar app, but lists businesses close to you offering deals and discounts using your iphone.
After all that, if you’d like some down time from property searching you could have a go at being an estate agent using the game app Build-a-lot where you have to buy plots, build houses and keep them in good repair and then sell them at a profit – lots of fun and quite addictive!
Posted on 7 June 2011 by Cathy MooreSussex Community Foundation and the joy of having some rain!
Posted on 31 May 2011 by Cathy MooreA diverse range of hobbies and a new trend called dithering!
Posted on 23 May 2011 by Cathy MooreA celebration for Angie and a birthday for Marion.
Posted on 16 May 2011 by Cathy MooreThe sales offices of Guy Leonard & Company had an incredibly busy week last week. This was partly due to some staff shortages but was also the level of activity and the number of people wanting to look at properties as well as having their properties valued.
Posted on 11 April 2011 by Cathy Moore‘Oak before ash, in for a splash, Ash before oak, in for a soak.’
Neil Moore comments on how the landscape of property purchase is changing in the post-recession period, and how the spring Budget will bring some cheer to some hard-hit first time buyers.
Posted on 29 March 2011 by Cathy MooreNeil Moore comments on how the landscape of property purchase is changing in the post-recession period, and how the spring Budget will bring some cheer to some hard-hit first time buyers.
Posted on 21 March 2011 by Cathy MooreNo Monday morning blues just sunshine, wedding plans and yet more dancing!
Posted on 14 March 2011 by Cathy MooreA 90th birthday celebration, more dancing and a report on the bingo evening!
Posted on 4 March 2011 by Cathy MooreHere at Guy Leonard & Co we make sure we keep up with all the property news – so is there any good news out there?
Posted on 1 March 2011 by Neil MooreIt is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single family in possession of a good mortgage must be in want of a house.
With romance in the air this February we take a loving look at how we can often fall head over heels with...a house.
Posted on 7 February 2011 by Cathy MooreWith romance in the air this February we take a loving look at how we can often fall head over heels with…a house.
Posted on 21 January 2011 by Neil MooreFor many people the New Year will mean a new home and even a new start. It is an exciting prospect, even if it is a little daunting. Moving home is a big step. Plus this year both buyers and sellers will have to contend with a market that is still suffering from the recessional hangover and austerity measures
Posted on 4 January 2011 by Cathy MooreWell Christmas, the New Year and hopefully the snow are all behind us now - back to work and looking forward to a busy Spring.